I have to be honest with you. Being a mom of 3 boys, I’ve seen quite a few playgrounds over the last 11 years, but I didn’t know about this one in Sölden, Ötztal, yet. Not really suitable for the youngest family members I would say. Area47 ‘ground’ is for the true daredevils amongst us. The fearless ones, the thrill seekers out there that yearn for a big time adrenaline shot. I’m pretty sure your teenage offspring would love to go here, even with mom and dad :). A little warning upfront is in place though; don’t show this post to your kids, if you’re not into some action. Showing to them is definitely going with them!
Introducing the Area’s
This amazing playground Area47 at the beginning of the Ötztal valley contains various Area’s. Over 66.000 square meters of adventure are out there waiting for you. They say, to experience it to the fullest, you have to go there at least 47 times. Well, let’s start with the first time. I’ve picked three Area’s to show you: Outdoor, Water and Living. Obviously there is a lot more to explore, but these three will give you a good overview on what to expect.
Do you wonder why it’s called Area47? 47 is not just a number they’ve picked accidentally. It’s the spectacular location where this playground is founded; At 47th latitude! Normally I like to do a lot of writing in my posts. In this one I prefer to let the pictures do the talking. Let’s get started, I want to show you what this place is all about!
The Outdoor Area
There is a lot of ‘-ing’ going on here: Rafting, Caving, Canyoning, Climbing. But also some pretty impressive other stuff like the Mega Swing, Flying Fox and Hochseilgarten. Bring it on!
The Water Area
Bobbling, Wakeboarding, Water Ramps, Waterslide park, Badesee, Cliff Diving and Surf Slide Rutsch. These are the exciting names of the Water Area features. Do you still dare to go for it? Make sure to wear a proper bathing suit, at least that’s what I would do. Don’t even bother to bring your fashionable triangle bikini. This is not about taking a relaxing dip in a pool. This is serious water business!
The 70 meters deep water basin
The lake is filled with water from a 70 meters deep basin from the mountain. It’s kept clean by pumping oxygen in the water. The lake is perfect for water skiing, wave boarding and bike jumpers. The Area47 team is prepared for anything. If you are afraid of the 20 meters high diving board, but still feel the urge to jump of it, there are workshops led by instructors, who will gladly teach you how to overcome your fear.
The Living Area
Want to stay at the park 24/7? That’s possible too! There are 3 different types of accommodation; Teepees, Logdes and double rooms. The Teepees are very basic, but who cares? It will be such a fun adventure staying in one of these! The Lodges and Double Rooms are more comfortable. No real fancy, luxury stuff, but hey…spending time on these ‘grounds’ together with your loved ones, is the greatest luxury of all.
Have fun out there, go and release that dare devil in you!